The Dismembered by Jonathan Janz is a horror story about the debilitating effects the past can have on people if they allow it to consume them and the bravery it takes to heal and move on.
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My Thoughts on The Dismembered by Jonathan Janz
Meeting a woman named Sarah on a train while she was in distress, Arthur Pearce can’t help but step in to get her out of the situation.
Later, while the two talk, she tells him a story about what is going on at her family home. Again, pulled to help due to his recent divorce that affected his feeling of aptitude, he ends up traveling back to her home with her. Shortly after arrival, he discovers that things are much worse than she described.
Soon, things turn to a matter of life or death… and there is certainly a lot of death.
Phew! The storyline of this is so intense! I will tread extremely lightly here as you just need to experience this one for yourself!
The story that Sarah initially told Arthur had me totally captivated. I was so ready for him to go in, find proof that backed up all her claims, and save the day!
I should have known better than to hope for a straight forward tale! This one had many curveballs that had me reeling to try to guess at what was to come.
Once I learned more about what was really going on, many things from the very start of the tale fell into place. Mr Janz had some wonderful covert foreshadowing here.
My Favorite Passages from The Dismembered
We said little as the motorcar, a black Talbot Tourer that looked handsome enough but jostled us about on the crumbly road as though we were ingredients in some bartender’s concoction, and as we began our passage through even rougher terrain…
He glided across the driveway with the grace of an athlete, and as he approached us it seemed that the very air grew charged as though a thunderstorm attended his steps.
And with a grin cold enough to freeze saltwater, one of the men pulled out a revolver and fired it at me.
My Final Thoughts on The Dismembered
I had an absolute blast reading this! From the dreary and tension filled atmosphere, to the characters that all jumped off the page, all the way to the bloody ending, this story had me hooked.
And shout-out to Jonathan Janz for signing my copy while at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Fest!
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